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News - August 2019

July 2019
News Archive

Focus on - Natural Light - Results
Issue 36 of Anima Mundi
August BSoUP Meeting
DIVE 2019

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Focus on - Natural Light - Results


1st - Susannah Snowden-Smith

Congratulations to Susannah Snowden-Smith who came first in the Focus On - Natural Light competition - with an image of a Tarpon

Congratulations also to Jeremy Brown and Jeanette Tsang who came second and third respectively.

There were a total of 26 entries. The competition was judged by Henley Spiers.

The top six:-

Position Photographer
1 Susannah Snowden-Smith
2 Jeremy Brown
3 Jeanette Tsang
4 Rick Ayrton
5 Nur Tucker
6 Cathy Lewis

2nd - Jeremy Brown

3rd Jeanette Tsang

The top 6 can be seen in the Gallery. After logging in, BSoUP members can view the full results and feedback here.

Next month's Competition is Underwater Excellence. The competition will open shortly.

Please submit your images at 1400 pixels wide (landscape) or 1050 pixels tall(portrait) at 72ppi and at a size less than 1M. Please indicate what your subjects is, where it was taken and what camera system you used.


Issue 36 of Anima Mundi

Issue 36 of the free online magazine Anima Mundi - Adventures in Wildlife Photography is now out at Contents include a short essay by Aldo Galante about the incredibly colorful Mandarinfish, the second half of our huge report on our unforgettable trip to the Galapagos with Lucas M. Bustamante, a stunning Personal Portfolio with the best snake images by Thor Håkonsen and a fascinating story about black water diving by Suzan Meldonian. 

August BSoUP Meeting

The next BSoUP meeting is on Tuesday 20th August 2019 at 7.30 for 8.00 p.m.  Meeting Room 3, Union Building,  Beit Quadrangle, Imperial College, South Kensington, London SW7 [Entrance via Prince Consort Road] (Directions.php). New and prospective new members will be welcomed from 7.30 p.m. See Welcome.

Atanas Petrov - An Introduction to Digital Printing

In good time for this year's BSOUP/Diver Print Competition, Atanas will share his expertise with members whether it is for printing at home or to prepare your images for an online service.

  1. Basic colour management
  2. Establishing a robust workflow, in order to create a master file in Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop
  3. Printing the master file via Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop 
  4. Necessary steps to prepare the master file for online printing services.

Atanas Petrov

Atanas is originally from Bulgaria and grew up far away from the sea. However, his desire to learn to scuba dive was born during his childhood on a family summer holiday at the Black Sea coast. He managed to get his certificate when he was only 16 and has dived regularly since that time.

He became passionate about printing when he bought his first digital camera in 2005. He started with a small A4 printer and encountered, right from the start, the complex nature of digital printing. Nevertheless, he carried on in his pursuit of mastering his craft. He gradually built up his knowledge and experience, often printing for friends and colleagues, and ultimately printing commercially for a wider audience on canvas. 

Atanas currently lives in Bourne, a small town close to Peterborough and is studying biomedical science in Cambridge.
Competition:  Available Light

Definition:   An image lit only by natural light. There should be no artificial light from a flashgun used and no torch or video light is allowed. There were 26 entries and these will be judged by Henley Spiers who will present the top six along with his comments at the meeting.  Members may view the images by clicking on this link.  You may be asked to log in if you have not already done so.

Henley Spiers

Henley Spiers -  A Competitor's Guide to Photography Competitions

Henley will walk us through the precarious route that leads to success!

Henley is an underwater photographer, writer and dive instructor with an all-consuming passion for the sea. His images have been awarded in numerous competitions, including the Sony World Photography Awards, Asia Pacific UW Challenge and the Underwater Photographer of the Year contest. He is a regular contributor to DIVER magazine and his images have appeared on many magazine covers. Conservation plays an important role in his philosophy and he collaborates with the Marine Conservation Society, Mission Blue and the Devon and Cornwall Wildlife Trusts. Half British and half French, he now lives in The Philippines with Jade, who is also his favourite dive-buddy,  and their daughter Apolline.

Henley runs personalised underwater photography tours and workshops combining his love of diving, teaching and underwater photography.

Henley shoots with a Nikon D850 in a Nauticam housing, with all the usual trimmings.

DIVE 2019 - 26/27 October

THE MOVE INTO Hall 1 at the NEC for last year’s Dive Show proved popular with both exhibitors and the 15,000-plus visitors who turned up over two days for the premiere event in the UK diving calendar.

Impressive internal and external enhancements to the nation’s top events venue were also extremely well received, and Hall 1’s location just inside the NEC (Birmingham) Main Entrance was a welcome bonus.

So with the NEC in greater demand than ever from organisers large and small wishing to enjoy the best profile for their events, the Dive Show is delighted to have secured prime weekend dates of 26/27 October for DIVE 2019.

DIVE 2018

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